Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 21, 2011

Town Talk

Harry happening

His car can't fly, but with the right movie magic you may think it can.

Bob Douglas, Andover's Conservation director and an admitted softie for the Ford Anglia, will soon have a unique car to add to his collection: a sky-blue Anglia currently on display at the Discovery Museum in New York City's Times Square (see photo, Page 8).

The car is part of "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" — a museum exhibit dedicated to the Harry Potter series. It is a rehashing of a similar Ford Anglia that appeared in the second Harry Potter movie, The Chamber of Secrets. In the movie, several of the actors fly in the Anglia on their way to Hogworts.

"I collect those little cars," Douglas said. "I got contacted by Warner Brothers and they took two of my cars, one of which is in Andover and the other of which is in Harvard, and put it together."

Douglas eventually got a whole car back made up of the worst parts between the two, while the best parts make up the car that's on display right now.

Douglas was happy to help, he said, especially because the exhibit car will be returned to him.

"Even though I didn't make any money for this, I think it will be fun to have," Douglas said. "And, it has a new windshield."

The exhibit opened April 5, and continues until September.

— Dustin Luca

Roof rappeler from Andover

Jon Samel, president of Samel Insurance in Andover, will rappel from the roof of the Hyatt Regency in Boston on Saturday, July 23. Samel will rappel the 24 stories of the hotel to help raise funds for Special Olympic of Massachusetts.

Samel has been an active volunteer with the group for the past 23 years.

No neighbors

Like a neighborhood in transition, Shawsheen Plaza tenants continue to say good-bye. While anchor store Stop & Shop has opened, the retail store Tuesday Morning has closed at the North Main Street Plaza. A sign in the window encourages shoppers to visit their store in Billerica. That makes three empty storefronts at the plaza. Marshalls and Card Smart have also moved out.

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